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Rhino Horns smuggler remanded in custody


20 January 2020

Staff Reporter/ PretoriaLIVE

Pretoria – The Kempton Park Regional Court on Tuesday remanded Kelvin Chigwede (36) in custody for a charge of illegal dealings in rhino horns, Hawks Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu said.

“In December last year, Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime in Germiston, Benoni SAPS and the South African National Parks (SANPARK) followed up on intelligence regarding a consignment declared as chicken food mixture packaged in a blue geyser at a warehouse in Kempton Park, containing rhino horns weighing about 72.4 kilograms,” Mulamu said.

It is alleged that the consignment was intercepted by authorities after being dropped off at a warehouse on the same day. During an investigation, it was discovered that it was destined for Malaysia.

“On Saturday, 16 January 2021 a further investigation led authorities to a residence in Benoni where a search warrant was executed. Upon searching the premises, authorities found about half a million rand in cash and it was seized for investigation purposes since it was suspected to be proceeds of illegal dealings.”

Mulamu further said that, “Chigwede was arrested immediately and charged for illegal dealing in rhino horns and contravention of the National Environmental Biodiversity Act (NEMBA).”

Meanwhile, the case was postponed to 26 January 2021 for a formal bail application.